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Media release 2019

This publication provides health professionals, researchers, policy-makers and the general public with detailed information about the burden of cancer in Canada. It is developed by the Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee through a partnership between the Canadian Cancer Society, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada in collaboration with the provincial and territorial cancer registries.

Material in this publication may be reproduced with the following suggested reference:
Canadian Cancer Statistics Advisory Committee. Canadian Cancer Statistics 2019. Toronto, ON: Canadian Cancer Society; 2019. Available at: cancer.ca/Canadian-Cancer-Statistics-2019-EN (accessed [date]).

  • 2019 resources
  • National cancer statistics at a glance 
    It is estimated that:
    • 220,400 new cancer diagnoses and 82,100 deaths will occur in Canada in 2019.
    • Lung, colorectal, breast, and prostate cancer will account for about half of all cancer diagnoses and deaths in 2019.
    • About 1 in 2 Canadians will develop cancer in their lifetimes and 1 in 4 will die of the disease.
    • 63% of Canadians diagnosed with cancer will survive at least 5 years after their diagnosis.


  • Ontario cancer statistics at a glance
    Overview of new cases and deaths

    An estimated 220,400 new cases of cancer and 82,100 deaths from cancer will occur in Canada in 2019.
    Lung, breast, colorectal, and prostate cancer account for the top 4 newly diagnosed cancers. 

    In 2019, an estimated 29,700 people will die of cancer in Ontario, and 87,700 new cases will be diagnosed. 

    Cancer statistics for men in Ontario

    For men in Ontario, prostate cancer is the most frequently diagnosed type of cancer.

    In 2019:

    • An estimated 9,600 men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
    • An estimated 5,100 men will be diagnosed with lung cancer.
    • An estimated 4,900 men will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

    For men in Ontario, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death.

    In 2019:

    • An estimated 3,600 men will die of lung cancer.
    • An estimated 1,650 men will die of colorectal cancer.
    • An estimated 1,500 men will die of prostate cancer.
    Cancer statistics for women in Ontario

    For women in Ontario, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed type of cancer.

    In 2019:

    • An estimated 10,600 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer.
    • An estimated 5,300 women will be diagnosed with lung cancer.
    • An estimated 4,200 women will be diagnosed with colorectal cancer.

    For women in Ontario, lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer death.

    In 2019:

    • An estimated 3,300 women will die of lung cancer.
    • An estimated 1,900 women will die of breast cancer.
    • An estimated 1,500 women will die of colorectal cancer.
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    The above figures are taken from Canadian Cancer Statistics 2019. These statistics are prepared through a partnership of the Canadian Cancer Society, the Public Health Agency of Canada and Statistics Canada, in collaboration with the provincial and territorial cancer registries.

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